|Death: ||Dec., 1902|
Joseph H. Haralson enlisted in Company K, 1st Confederate Cavalry as a Private on September 24, 1862. He mustered out as a Sergeant at an unknown date sometime after December 31, 1864.
He was born about 1834 - possibly in Georgia, although he enlisted in the 1st Confederate Cavalry in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Sergeant Haralson died in Custer County, Colorado, in December, 1902 - his exact date of death is unknown. He is buried in the Silver Cliff Cemetery.
His headstone reads that he was in Company H, 1st Confederate Cavalry. His service records indicate that he was a member of Company K.
Silver Cliff Rustler - July 3, 1895
It's no use talking, there is something quarrelsome in the water along Oak Creek. The latest evidence of it was when Joe Haralson (Greasy Joe) pulled a gun on a man named Goode. Under Sheriff Thomas pulled Joe and took him as the warrant said before Justice Truex, who bound him over in $150 bonds to appear for trial yesterday. He was then tried.
Wet Mountain Tribune - December 27, 1902
The remains of a man, badly mutilated by coyotes, were found about three miles south west of Ilse, Wednesday evening, and later were brought into Silver Cliff by the Coroner. The deceased proved to be a man known about Querida as Greasy Jo, who departed from Querida about three weeks ago who was excessively fond of ardent spirits. It is supposed that he was caught out, while under the influence of strong drink, and froze to death.
Silver Cliff Rustler - December 31, 1902
Prospector Succumbs to Exposure
"Greasy Joe" Haralson, the past twenty years or more leading the life of a hermit prospector in this county, was on Wednesday last found dead in the snow, some 200 yards distant from his cabin on the trail leading to Hoody's, near Ilse.
Coroner Bain was notified and with Sheriff Ryan repaired to the spot that night and with great difficulty found the body and arrived in town with it about 4 o'clock Christmas morning.
Haralson, about 70 years of age, had been missing three weeks and it is supposed he perished in a storm while seeking food supplies, having fallen helpless in a stroke of paralysis, to which he was subject, in the effort. His clothes were hanging in shreds and the body was almost unrecognizable owing to long exposure and the fact that it was badly knawed and eaten by the coyotes, the flesh from the face, and the trunk of the body to the backbone, being eaten entirely away, while the hands were black as tan as a result of the severe weather. He had but one shoe and no hat but these may be found where he lost them in the snow during his struggle with death.
Haralson was a soldier in the Confederate army and is known to have come of a good family in Georgia, his native state. The report of his once having been mayor of Atlanta is denied there, but as it is rumored that he changed his name when he came west it could still be true. Those who have known him a number of years say he was well to do when he first came west. The remains were buried in the graveyard here last Thursday.
Silver Cliff Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 09, 2013
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